The FCC recently designated "811" as the nationwide number for contractors and others to call before conducting excavation activities. The designation of this new three-digit number by the FCC will facilitate the call-before-you-dig process and strengthen Dig Safely programs. It will take time – perhaps a year or more – for the telecom industry, the FCC and others to fully implement the new number across the United States. There are more than 400,000 excavation incidents and about 50 related fatalities each year in the U.S.
AEGIS is a member of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization leading national efforts to reduce and prevent damage to pipelines and other underground facilities. Our Loss Control Division is a member of CGA’s Educational Programs Committee that develops and promotes public/stakeholder awareness and educational programs that focus on best practices and damage prevention. Additionally, Loss Control is working with members of One Call System International to develop proposed legislative improvements by gathering information on existing laws and underground damage